RnR USA Race Recap

17 Mar

Well, sports fans, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The good news is that I had an awesome race, felt good and finished strong. The bad news is that I missed my goal time, but did PR by about 3 minutes. So really, there’s good news and there’s good news.

Some great things happened along the way: the weather was perfect, the race was well organized, I fueled exactly correctly, and it was one of the best runs I’ve had in awhile in terms of feeling really strong and not feeling like the last miles were throw-aways, form wise. I beasted to the top of the Calvert Hill. The drummers at the bottom of Harvard St were totally amazing. My butt didn’t chap. None of those things compared to the amazing cheering team I had- it is a true friend who will watch 24,999 other strangers pass them by just to encourage you as you whiz by. Special thanks to NoLongerClevelandParkKef for making this spectacular sign:

1970858_10103649810422473_1825526384_nNow that’s something that will get a girl up a hill!

There were some not so great parts, too. It’s usually my race MO to go out too fast and have nothing left in the tank for the back end. Trying to avoid this situation, I started wayyy behind my assigned corral so I could just do my own thing and enjoy my own race. Well, that was a great plan until I got stuck in throngs of people running at a different pace than mine, and saw that I was 90 seconds behind my target pace at Mile 1. I made up some time on the nice flats leading up to Calvert and then on the downhills of Columbia Heights and Ledroit, but then fell victim to some bottlenecking in Bloomingdale and in the North Capitol tunnel. All in all, I ended up missing my goal by a bit more than 5 minutes. Boo.

[Side note- wtf was up with all the Putin signs? “Running 13.1 miles makes Putin look sane.” Um, that’s in poor taste, friend.]

All in all, I’m thrilled I ran. I don’t do road races all that often, but when I do I’m always amazed at the “power of running,” for lack of a cheesier phrase– here are thousands of people for whom running is an organizing life factor, if only for 3 hours on a Saturday. People run individually because it makes them healthier, it makes them stronger, it makes them saner… whatever… and then get together en masse to brave the same battle together. I really love that.

All of this means two things: more road races, and more speed work. On to the next one, people!

Oh– and about Goal #2… some mixed results:

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Not as terrible as most of my other race photos, but there is a distinct resemblance to William Wallace here.

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Trying my hand at staging a shot-mild success in photogenics, wild success in making it appear that I’m mall walking

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I love a good step and repeat!

6 Responses to “RnR USA Race Recap”

  1. Eat Pray Run, DC March 17, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    nice job and i think those pics are cute 🙂

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